Sandra Irene (Gerritsen) Kelley passed away Friday at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC.
The earthly life of Sandra has come to a peaceful end on July 5, 2019. The ninth child to Helen and Jacob Gerritsen, the fifth daughter, was born in Cleveland Ohio. She graduated from Charles F. Brush High School in Cleveland Heights Ohio in 1958. She has one remaining brother, Lenard who resides in Bay Village, Ohio.
She is survived by her loving husband of over 58 years, Keith D. Kelley; son, Keith Gregory Kelley; and two grandsons who reside in Issaquah, Washington; a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Kelley; and granddaughter who live in Chapel Hill, NC. Keith and Sandra met on a blind date while attending Kent State University.
Sandra Received an Associate Degree from Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. With her love for children and people she worked as a pre-school teacher as well as a concierge at the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Maryland. She was also a very active volunteer for the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, DC and was volunteer for Hospice in Carteret County, NC.
Sandra enjoyed living, running and walking along the shoreline of Pine Knoll Shores and Atlantic Beach, cycling, kayaking, aerobics, scuba diving, reading, music and sharing her baking skills wherever she lived. Always willing to offer a helping hand, share a smile with friends, neighbors and new acquaintances was primary throughout her life. The presence of her big, beautiful blue eyes will be remembered for ever.
Her departure leaves a caring and loving void by her family and friends as she travels on her next journey and will be truly missed. A memorial gathering in her honor will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Crystal Coast Hospice House: PO Box 640, Newport, NC 28570
Electronic condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at www.noefs.org
Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.